Setanta Cup second leg action this Monday evening...10/03/2014
There are three first round contests set for completion in the 2014 Setanta Cup this Monday evening. Sligo Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic will both be expected to progress against Crusaders and Ballinamallard United, as they hold leads from the first leg away ties. Dundalk however, face a stern challenge having lost three two to Coleraine in the home leg. Their four one defeat by local rivals Drogheda United in their opening Airtricty League fixture will have done little to settle their nerves.
EA Sports Cup first round contests tonight...10/03/2014
Seven first round contests in the 2014 EA Sports Cup are scheduled to take place this Monday evening. Interest may focus on the Non-League clubs. Avondale United travel to Waterford United, Cockhill Celtic visit Finn Harps while Crumlin United host Drogheda United.
Senior Women face another daunting challenge...10/03/2014
Following two hugely impressive one all draws with top ranking New Zealand and South Korea, our Senior Women's international team will complete the Group Stage at the 2014 Cyrus Cup Invitation Tournament against another top seed, Switzerland, at 14.30hrs (12.30hrs Irish time) on Monday the 10th March 2014.
U19 Women continue La Manga adventure...10/03/2014
Our Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19 side will follow up their one all draw with England, when they meet Denmark in their second group contest at the La Manga Invitation Tournament at 5.00pm on Monday afternoon.
Airtricity League action on Sunday afternoon...09/03/2014
The 2014 Airtricity League Premier Division meeting of Shamrock Rovers and Derry City in Tallaght Stadium this afternoon, ended in one all draw. The visitors took the lead just a minute into the second half but were pegged back in the fourth minute of added time.
Continued Irish interest after FA Cup quarter-finals...09/03/2014
FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic, have again shocked Manchester City with a two one quarter-final victory at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. The victors included uncapped midfielder Chris McCann in their starting eleven, but injury forced his half-time withdrawal. Meanwhile James McClean was introduced from the substitute bench just before the hour mark and helped his side to victory. Wigan Athletic will face Arsenal in the semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
Early afternoon Irish focus on FA Cup quarter-final...09/03/2014
Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane, performing live TV punditry duties at Sunday afternoon's FA Cup quarter-final tie between Hull City (David Meyler) and Sunderland (John O'Shea) will have gleaned further knowledge of the starting duo's abilities. The 'Tigers' ran out comfortable three nil winners, with Corkman Meyler scoring the second goal and prominent throughout. There was a late cameo aoppearance for Stephen Quinn but twenty two year old midfielder Conor Henderson remained on the substitute bench. The latter, a product of the Arsenal Academy, has core ability and excellent technical quality, but it remains to be seen if the application and sheer 'balls' to persevere are in his DNA?. Hull City will face League One side Sheffield United, two nil victors over Charlton Athletic today, in the semi-fnal at Wembley Stadium.
Airtricity League continues on Saturday evening...08/03/2014
The 2014 Airtricity League Premier Division season continued this evening with FAI Ford Cup holders Sligo Rovers coming from behind to defeat newly promoted Athlone Town by two goals to one in the Showgrounds. Down in St Colman's Park, the First Division contest beween Cobh Ramblers and Shamrock Rovers 'B' ended in a one all draw.
FA Cup quarter-final disappointment for Everton Irish...08/03/2014
The Everton trio of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady, all of whom disappointed for Ireland on Wednesday night, suffered further disappointment when they were defeated by four goals to one at Arsenal in the quarter-final of the FA Cup early this afternoon.
Midweek international players in Saturday action...08/03/2014
Norwich City played out a one all draw with Stoke City in the Premiership at Carrow Road this afternoon. Four of the Irish midweek international participants saw action, with Wes Hoolihan starting for the hosts, while the visitors included Jon Walters, who equalised from the penalty spot and was then dismissed for a bad foul, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson.
U19 Women draw with England in La Manga contest...08/03/2014
Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19 Head Coach Dave Connell saw his team perform with resilience against England in this afternoon's opening encounter at the La Manga Tournament in Spain. Ireland conceded an early goal but maintained their composure, which was rewarded midway through the second period when half time substitute Shannon Carson scored the equaliser. Ireland will also meet Denmark and Sweden in the group stage of the competition as they prepare for the Elite Phase of the European Championship in Holland next month.
Airtricity League season kicks-off this evening...07/03/2014
The 2014 Airtricity League Premier Division season kicked-off this evening with defending champions St Patrick's Athletic securing a one all draw from their journey to face Cork City in Turner's Cross. Louth rivals, Drogheda United and Dundalk met in Hunky Dorys Park, with the hosts scoring a surprise four one success. Limerick and Bray Wanderers played out a scoreless draw in Jackman Park, while the first 'Dublin Derby' of the season saw UCD go down three nil to visitors Bohemian. There were three contests played in the First Division, (Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford United), (Galway FC 0-1 Longford Town) and (Shelbourne 2-0 Wexford Youths).
Excellent draw for Senior Women in 2014 Cyprus Cup...07/03/2014
Another excellent one all draw, with top ranking South Korea, should lend further encouragement to our Senior Women's international team at the 2014 Cyrus Cup Invitation Tournament. Centre back Louise Quinn got the final touch to another traditional long throw from Megan Campbell to put Ireland in front midway through the first half, but South Korea equalised shortly afterwards. Ireland more than matched their vaunted opponents thereafter and indeed created a number of opportunities to secure a famous victory. Ireland complete the Group Stage against Switzerland at 14.30hrs (12.30hrs Irish time) on Monday the 10th March 2014.
Ireland underage sides secure score draws today...06/03/2014
Our U17 and U19 international sides played their second friendly matches of this week early this afternoon against Austria and Romania respectively. Watched by senior manager Martin O'Neill at Gannon Park, Fulham midfielder Anthony Dolan scored the equaliser in a one all draw for the U17s with a well taken free kick while the U19 contest in Cork ended in a two all draw with both Ireland goals scored by captain Sam Byrne, currently on loan from Manchester United to Carlisle United, where he scored his first senior goal last week.
Senior Women draw 2014 Cyprus Cup opener...05/03/2014
Our Senior Women's international team opened their 2014 Cyrus Cup Invitation Tournament campaign with a merited one all draw against high ranking New Zealand in Paralimni on Wednesday afternoon. Aine O'Gorman headed Ireland in front, twenty minutes into the second half, but the 'Kiwis' equalised with just three minutes remaining. Ireland next meet South Korea again in Paralimni at 14.30hrs (12.30hrs Irish time) on Friday the 7th March 2014.
Disappointment extends to senior international side...05/03/2014
A midweek of underage international disappointment was compounded in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening, when our senior international side went down to a two one defeat against visitors Serbia. As happened with the U21s in Tallaght earlier in the afternoon, Ireland opened with bright promise and indeed found the net following an excellent strike from captain Glenn Whelan, which was minutely touched by Wes Hoolihan. The effort was, replays showed erroneously, ruled out for offside. Ireland did however strike the front on eight minutes, when Shane Long chased an apparent lost cause and capitalised on weak defending from Serbia captain Ivanovic to lob the on coming goalkeeper with his weaker left foot. The Tipperary tyro had two much easier opportunites, one in either half, but disappointed with poor execution. The visitors, ranked some forty FIFA places above Ireland, did offer their own threat and dominated the second half when Ireland appeared to lose both confidence and faith. The players perceived to be Ireland's shining lights, Everton trio Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady all disappointed, with only Hoolihan offering any sustained quality, while James McClean and Whelan offered honest endeavour. The visitors scored twice in the second half and in truth were never really troubled. A very serious challenge and much work awaits the Ireland management team.